Teams & Riders Israel Start-Up Nation

Israel Start-Up Nation!

"Founded to elevate and popularize the sport of cycling in Israel and other emerging countries".

A team with huge ambition, took over Katusha's license in 2019. Guy Sagiv, current Israeli national champion, is on the team. Chris Froome, multiple Tour-winner, will join soon.

Who else will come, who will leave? Where will they be in 2022?

 
I love that the first rider you mention is Guy Sagiv, definitively their biggest star so far. :D

Jokes aside, I like(d) this team a lot for a couple of reasons but I also think they are now taking a step too big. I prefer teams to slowly develop and not just buy whatever and whoever is on the market.
 
Greipel certainly is a nice guy... but it is a surprising strategy indeed to focus on old-older riders. As a massive fan of Lionel Messi I still would not buy him and build my football-team around him in 2020. And ISN already has this rather old team. Now they do not only want Froome, but also van Avermaet?
 
Greipel certainly is a nice guy... but it is a surprising strategy indeed to focus on old-older riders. As a massive fan of Lionel Messi I still would not buy him and build my football-team around him in 2020. And ISN already has this rather old team. Now they do not only want Froome, but also van Avermaet?
Pay attention to the second line of your OP.
Is there a better way to meet the ambition?
 
Pay attention to the second line of your OP.
Is there a better way to meet the ambition?
Yeah, true in a way. It's a way of acting on this ambition. I suppose it's tough to get the best youngsters if you are not one of the big players and do not have to offer the best and proven structures, either. So maybe it's easier to first become accepted as a big team through signings like this and then you can draw other promising riders to your team. But I would then at least try to get some younger riders who can now help out and become strong leaders themselves in the not so far away future.

Well, no doubt they know better what they are doing than I would, but I am wondering what their reasoning is like, exactly.
 

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